Christian talk radio’s Bob Larson has long had a reputation for being demanding, but not abusive, toward his workers. However, new developments have called into question whether Larson has crossed the line.

A former Bob Larson Ministries (BLM) employee, Robert Cannella, has asked the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to determine whether BLM discriminated against him. Larson hosts the controversial talk show “Talk Back Live,” based in suburban Denver. If discrimination is found, BLM may be ordered to reinstate Cannella or pay damages.

In addition, Bonnie Bell has announced she is leaving the ministry, the fourth top female manager to quit or be fired from BLM since 1992.

In Cannella’s complaint, filed with the Colorado Civil Rights Division and the EEOC, he alleges he was sexually harassed by his supervisor, Pam Koczman, and when he reported it to Larson and Angelo Diasparra, senior vice-president, he was demoted and later fired. BLM informed him that he was fired because of “budgetary reasons.”

Cannella told CHRISTIANITY TODAY that he has also asked the Colorado Department of Labor to investigate BLM for nonpayment of accrued overtime. Cannella says he is owed nearly $6,000 in back pay. Cannella was hired as a production assistant and later promoted to operations manager.

Cannella claims that sexual harassment from Koczman, vice-president of network services, began shortly after he accepted a job at BLM. He says “the final straw” was when Koczman allegedly left three photographs of herself in beach attire on Cannella’s desk.

Diasparra says BLM is preparing a legal response to Cannella’s complaint. According to sources, Koczman has a widely respected reputation within the ministry and has made a counter-allegation ...

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